Chicken and Green Chili Burgers with Guacamole

I went to the Temecula Spice Shop the other day and found GREEN chili powder. I came home and made this super fricken delicious recipe (thank you Rachael Ray)! I doubled the recipe because I new I would want leftovers! So, so, so, so good!

 -Tammy

Health tips: Kidney-friendly, diabetes-friendly, low carb*

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“El Diablo” Egg Salad Sandwich

On a recent trip from Philly, I stopped at the Denver airport and had the best egg salad sandwich I’ve ever tasted! The Woody Creek Bakery & Cafe dished up some very unique and tasty sandwiches…one of my favorites was the El Diablo Egg Salad sandwich which included fresh jalapeños, bacon and a chipotle spread all inside of a cheesy jalapeño bread. OMG! Here’s my take on this spicy deliciousness!

 -Mel

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Parmesan-Crusted Spinach Artichoke Dip Chicken

Here’s another delicious recipe that transforms a popular, indulgent appetizer into a low-carb alternative! And I swear, those low-fat Laughing Cow edges are my new obsession, especially when transforming a boring old chicken breast. The options are endless with all the flavors they come out with. You’ll be able to enjoy the flavors of that lovable spinach artichoke dip in this fun and easy recipe, without feeling as bad! Pair it with a vegetable side and you’ll feel even better!

 -Mel

Health tips: Low carb, heart healthy, diabetes friendly, kid friendly, anti-inflammatoryRead More »

Beet, Walnut, and Goat Cheese Salad

Talk about a perfect mix of flavors! I love this beet, goat cheese, and walnut salad. This salad hits all the bells and whistles; it’s earthy, a little sweet from the beets, tangy, has crunch from the walnuts, has some creaminess from the goat cheese, and just has a unique flavor-not your typical salad! Plus, there are so many healthy benefits from eating beets!

Confession time- I used to hate beets! Until one day, I went to a restaurant to meet up with some friends. My friends were munching on a salad just like this recipe. I wanted to give it a try. Yup, explosion in my mouth! Who knew beets were so delicious! I went back to the same restaurant a few weeks ago and found out they do not serve that salad anymore. Bummer. So I did some searching a found this recipe. It could not be easier! And thank goodness, now I can have the salad whenever I want! And now you can have it whenever you want!

-Tammy

Health tips:  anti-inflammatory, kidney-friendly, diabetes-friendly, vegetarian

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Spicy Cheesesteak-Stuffed Pepper

Cheesesteak sandwiches are to die for! I was inspired by a recent trip to historic Philly and one of my favorite sandwich shops, Jersey Mike’s, for this recipe…A traditional Philly Cheesesteak is topped with Cheese Wiz, which is absolutely delicious…the common phrase for ordering is “wiz wit…and then you can add other toppings like mushrooms and peppers. But I actually prefer the smokey Provolone cheese version when making the recipe lighter and carb free. The Big Kahuna hot cheesesteak sandwich at Jersey Mike’s is also heavenly! What does it for me are the caramelized onions, mushrooms and jalapeños, then topped with gooey cheese, yum! Here’s my take on a low-carb version of this genius sandwich. The flavor is all there, just no evil bun!

 -Mel

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls with Two Dippin’ Sauces

Leftover corned beef and cabbage? Don’t know what to do with it? My make corned beef and cabbage egg rolls! I make two different dippin’ sauces to go with it; Guinness mustard and Guinness beer cheese sauce! Or if you’re like my husband, he likes to dip them in just plain yellow mustard (that’s how he eats his corned beef and cabbage).  It’s St. Patty’s day, so go ahead, cheat a little, and have a green beer while you’re at it!

 -Tammy

Health tips:  cheat meal

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Guinness Beef Stew Cheddar Bay Biscuit Pot Pie

It’s almost St. Patty’s day and in honor of this great holiday, I want to share a recipe for one of my favorite Irish comfort foods, Guinness beef stew. What puts this one over the top though is Red Lobster’s mouthwatering Cheddar Bay Biscuits put over the top, making it into a pot pie!

 -Mel

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P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Be nice to your butcher and your butcher will be nice to you! Seriously, make friends with your butcher! That’s my lesson for you today. Here’s just one of the many reasons why…This recipe requires 1 pound of ground chicken. But ground chicken was $4.99/lb. However, boneless, skinless chicken breasts were on sale for $1.77/lb. I bought 10 lbs. of chicken breast and kindly asked my butcher to “course grind” the breasts for me. Now I have 10 pounds of healthy, ground chicken breast meat! When I got home, I divided the meat up into 1 lb. portions and put it into quart-size freezer bags, then stuck them in my freezer. Now, whenever I need, I just pull the amount I want out of the freezer, defrost it, and make a meal out of it! I know, I know….you’re welcome!

Now, onto this recipe… If you’ve ever gone to P.F. Chang’s, I’m sure you’ve had their famous lettuce wraps! It’s good as an appetizer, but hearty and filling enough for a meal (which is what we did). This is a fun, interactive meal. I like to serve it family style! Here’s my take on the recipe. This is not my original recipe, but it’s a good one. I got the adapted recipe here.

 -Tammy

Health tips:  diabetes friendly, low carb, kid-friendly

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Easy Cheesy Tomato Caprese Bites

This super easy snack is one of my favorites! It only takes 3 ingredients to make and is ready in a jiffy. You can even share them as an appetizer for a get together or potluck. It’s very light, and satisfying at the same time…almost reminds me of a tiny low-carb pizza! =)

 -Mel

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Salmon with Lemon Almond Pesto

After coming from vacation where the family and I feasted, it felt wonderful to be able to cook a meal at home. Health, health, health was what I was going for, so salmon came to mind right away. I absolutely love pesto because it’s so fresh and versatile. It pairs so well with the rich flavor of salmon. Pesto means to pound or crush, and typically consists of basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese. You can make extra and use in other dishes like sandwiches and pasta too!

 -Mel

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